It is good to see so many of you at mass and to see so many new faces! Attendance and participation at our weekend masses continues to increase and each week we have new families joining our community. I am grateful for your welcoming spirit and Christian hospitality. This has also been a summer of service and your efforts are making a real difference in people’s lives. The Holy Spirit is at work in you and through you. While we remain mindful of the spread of Covid and diligent with our Safe at Worship guidelines, it warms my heart to see so much good happening. There are many at this time who need community, love, and Jesus. I encourage you to extend the invitation to those you encounter to come and see what God is doing in our midst. As one parishioner shared with me last week after he invited a friend who’s not Catholic to mass, “It is awkward to ask, but I figure that it’s really up to Jesus to make a difference.” He’s right! We do our part, but we trust God to do his. Let’s share the good news!
In many ways, we are already moving forward for the Fall. Of course, construction continues on our buildings and we are preparing for our school to begin August 25 with nearly 100 more students than last year. Below, you’ll see that our Sunday School (ages 4-1st grade) and the Nursery (ages 1-3) will be back on September 12 and sacramental prep is ramping up. For adult formation and your own growth in the faith, please see the many offerings we have for Bible studies coming up in August and September. For those who may be led to become Catholic or have questions about the faith, our R.C.I.A. process begins in August, as well. You are also welcome to come and pray in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday. As followers of Jesus, we are disciples and stewards who pray, learn, serve, join and give together. Thank you for making St. Pats a home for all of us to truly practice our faith!
My prayers are always with and for you. Please pray for me, our clergy, and all of our staff. Thanks and God bless you.
Great group of young people helping to feed the hungry. Our Youth Ministry sorted, delivered, and stocked the shelves of the Eastern Area Community Ministries food pantry. Thank you to our St. Patrick community for their generosity of donating over 1800 pounds of food! Still taking donations through the end of July.
To St. Patrick Parishioners,
I didn't mean for it to take a month for me to write this note, but here we are. I want to thank everyone who wrote a note, sent a card, gave a gift, or prayed for me as I moved from St. Boniface and St. Patrick in Louisville to St. Monica and St. Thomas in Bardstown. A few of you even had cards waiting for me in the mail when I arrived. For all of them, know of my thanks. I'm sorry I haven't been able to reply to everyone individually, but I hope this will suffice.
The last month has gone very fast as I've been trying to get my bearings. St. Thomas's picnic is coming up soon (a drive-through dinner this year) followed by the start of my responsibilities as chaplain at Bethlehem High School when school starts in early August. I am still learning a lot, and I'm grateful for how patient and supportive everyone has been as I struggle to figure things out.
In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Sam Filiatreau, St. Thomas's long-time deacon and former administrator of St. Monica who passed away from cancer on July 11. He was the first person I gave Anointing of the Sick to when I arrived in June, and his was the first funeral to take place since I've been here. I have definitely missed not having him around to help show me the ropes.
I hope you are taking good care of Fr. Quan as he learns his own set of ropes. Know of my prayers and gratitude for Fr. Jeff, all the clergy and staff, and everyone I've gotten to know over the last two years. Let's keep in touch.
Fr. Steven Reeves
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Important Phone Numbers
Parish Office: 244-6083
School Office: 244-7083
Emergency Line for Sacramental Care: 244-6083 x 498
St. Patrick - Saint Vincent dePaul Conference: 244-6083 x 114
*Requests to the SVDP society are 100% confidential. Call if you or someone you know is in need.
Parish Office Summer Hours
Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday - 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday - 7:30 a.m. - Noon
Safe at Worship Guidelines
- Stay at home if you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- The wearing of masks is optional for fully-vaccinated individuals. Though the Commonwealth of Kentucky has lifted the mask mandate for all persons, it is recommended that those who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear masks.
- Wash or sanitize your hands when entering the church.
- There are no restrictions on seating. We are at 100% capacity.
- Exchange a non-touch Sign of Peace and do not hold hands with other households during the Our Father.
- Holy Communion will be distributed to the faithful under the species of bread only.
- Please drop your stewardship contributions in the green boxes by the doors.
- Streaming Masses: Daily, Saturday 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 5:30 p.m.
- Confessions at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday in the Confessional or by appointment.
- Those who are sick, vulnerable, and worried are dispensed from the normal Sunday obligation.
- Ministers must sanitize hands before distributing Holy Communion and are not required to wear masks.
- High contact areas are cleaned regularly.
- Pre-pandemic liturgical ministries will return gradually. Please watch for communication from the Director of Worship and ministry liaisons.
Saturday - 5:00 p.m.*
Sunday - 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.*
Monday - 5:00 p.m.*
Tuesday - Friday - 8:00 a.m.*
Rosary in the Chapel:
Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Mass streaming live and archived on:
YouTube (Saint Patrick Catholic Church)
Reconciliation: 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. If you would like to set up a private appointment with one of our priests, please call the Parish Office (502-244-6083).
Eucharistic Adoration: First Tuesday of each month from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Fall Bible Study on Exodus with Dr. Scott Shuler: The Fishermen are excited to announce the next Monday night bible study. Following last fall’s study in Genesis, we will be looking at the book of Exodus, in which God’s people are led out of slavery and into new life. As we study this ancient story, we will touch on what it means to be “saved,” learn how to depend on God in difficult circumstances, and why the Ten Commandments are not so much a set of rules for us to follow but as insight into who God is and who we are. We will meet on Monday nights in Schindler Hall from 7:00-8:15 p.m. beginning September 13 through Thanksgiving. The study is open to both men and women of all ages. All sessions will be audio recorded and made available if you miss a session, however, it will not be live streamed. If interested, please contact Joe Gates at (502) 544-9391 or email@example.com.
Believers Bible and Faith Study Groups invite all parishioners to participate in the following studies this fall:
Mondays - The Bible and Virgin Mary - 9:15 - 11:00 a.m., Aug. 30 through Dec.13 in
Miles Meeting Room. This NEW video-based study uncovers the mystery of Our Lady that is woven into the fabric of sacred scripture. Cost is $15 and includes a participant guide. Contact Barb Jennings at (913) 645-2630 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration deadline is August 25.
Tuesdays - The Book of Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come - 10:00 a.m. to noon, September 7 through mid November. Through this intriguing 11-session study, you will unveil the rich symbolism in this mystifying book written in apocalyptic language. This Tuesday study provides FREE CHILDCARE to help our young Moms have an opportunity
to grow in their faith. All are welcome no matter where you are on your faith journey. Cost
is $15 for a study guide. Contact Karen Savko at (502) 767-8885 or email@example.com Registration deadline is August 18.
Tuesdays - Matthew: The King and His Kingdom - 8:40 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., September 7 in Miles Meeting Room. In this 24-part study of Matthew's Gospel, presenter Jeff Cavins explains how Jesus is challenging us and empowering us to a new level of holiness. Cost is $20 and includes a study guide. Contact Betty Bekebrede at (502) 649-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration deadline is August 23.
Thursdays - Epic: A Journey Through Church History - 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., September 9 and continuing for 20 sessions into the new year. This video-based study will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Catholicism. Cost is $20 and includes a participant guide. Contact Diana Dages at (502) 419-1898 or email@example.com for more information. Registration deadline is August 18.
You Are Invited! Inquire About The Catholic Faith Through The R.C.I.A. Process: Find out if the time is right for you to enter the process that leads to the celebration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and your entry into full communion with the Catholic faith. There are no obligations. The RCIA meets from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., Mondays starting August 16. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are invited to “come as you are.” Come and ask questions and learn about the Catholic faith. For more information, contact Tim Grove at (502) 719-0362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors Needed In The RCIA Process At St. Patrick: Sponsors are always needed to and serve as spiritual companions to the inquirers, who many times seek entry into full communion with the Catholic faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Sponsors serve November through April as hospitable and welcoming representatives of the parish. Training is provided. If you are feeling called to this form of service, please contact Tim Grove, coordinator of the RCIA, at (502) 719-0362 or email@example.com.
Welcome Retreats for Men and Women Are Resuming in 2021-22: Welcome is an incredible experience that helps you discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it. Welcome retreat weekends will help you:
- Find clarity and purpose in your life
- Form meaningful relationships
- Become a better parent, spouse, friend
- Take your faith to a whole new level
Welcome Retreats happen entirely on the St. Patrick campus and are open to persons 21 years of age and older. There is no cost to participate.
Update: Next Women's Welcome Retreat delayed until March 2022. For more information, contact Melanie Thornton at (502) 541-7923 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The next men’s Welcome Weekend is Sept. 25/26 and is now receiving registrants.
- Contact: Chris Shipaila email@example.com or (502) 437-9499
2nd Grade Families: Access schedules and information related to the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion on the parish website. Important dates and information are posted and have been emailed throughout the summer.
Ministry of Families with Young Children: Check out our website for upcoming events.
Mark your calendars for the following events:
- Popsicles on the Playground - July 28 at 5:00 p.m.
- Mom's Night Out - August 12
- Family Meet & Greet - September 12
- Pizza & Pumpkin Decorating - October 5
- Parent Happy Hour - November 12
Sunday School and Nursery Open September 12: Click HERE for information and to register.
Kona Ice Truck coming to campus to celebrate the end of summer! On Saturday, August 21, Kona will be here and will sell snow cones at the Knights of Columbus summer bash. Bring the family, enjoy dinner, games, and snow cones. Kona will return on Sunday, August 22, at 5:30 p.m. Mass.
Blood Drive, Sunday August 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Celtic Center: The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants, and elective surgeries rise - and deplete the nation's blood inventory. Donors are strongly urged to give now to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients. Hospital demand continues to outpace donations, and your help is vital. There is an emergency need for Type O donors. We have appointments available and greatly appreciate those donors who have previously scheduled an appointment. Schedule an appointment HERE. We welcome all donors!
Youth Ministry: Details and sign-ups for events at Youth Ministry Website
Contact Information: Youth Office (502) 244-6083 ext. 102
Jonna O’Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Birgit Zepf at email@example.com
Madison Whitehouse at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jr. High Youth Ministry Leadership Training- July 25, August 1 & 8
- Summer Days of Service - July 23, August 3 & 5
Confirmation Information: Visit the Youth Ministry website for details. 7/8th grade PREP students must register for fall sessions.
The St. Patrick School Leadership Team is searching for a used/donated golf cart for the 2021-22 school year: The vehicle will allow school administration to support school safety during afternoon carpool, as well as supervise other school events throughout the year. The cart also helps out our maintenance staff as they perform various jobs on campus. If you are interested in helping or connecting us to a suitable vendor, please call the school office at 502-244-7083, or email Dr. Nathan Sturtzel at email@example.com.
Celtic Athletic Ministry (CAM) Newsletter: Check out the latest athletics news, including sign-ups for sports and other important information at CAM Newsletter.
Stewardship 7-18-21 $18,832
Weekly Budget $29,250
Stewardship YTD $90,106
Budget YTD $87,750
Stewardship: Thank you for sharing your gifts of time, talent and treasure. We appreciate your generosity! You can find forms and links for your 2021-22 stewardship online giving submission via our website https://stpatlou.org/stewardshiprenewal. Or you can return the hard copy form in the return envelope that was included in your renewal packets. Should you need a hard copy form, please call the parish office. *If you are currently using online giving via Pushpay and there are no changes to your stewardship gift of treasure, no action is needed. If you have questions about your stewardship gifts, ministry offerings and online giving, contact Lynne Marshall, Director of Engagement at (502) 244-6083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Brick: We invite you to build upon our legacy at St. Patrick by participating in our beautiful Memorial Celtic Cross. You can commemorate your time here, whether it be to honor your family, a baptism, graduation, marriage, deceased family members, a favorite scripture verse, ministry, or team. Become a part of our history and leave a lasting impression on the place we love to call home! All checks are payable to the St. Patrick School Foundation and donations are tax deductible. Contact Lynne Marshall, Director of Engagement at (502) 244-6083 or email@example.com.